Reverb Studios Design 10 Years Old Today!

On this day, 11th of the 11th, exactly 10 years ago I registered the business name “Reverb Studios” with the Companies Registration Office having finally realised that the Photoshop and Web Design hobbies I’d had for a couple of years might actually have some potential to provide a full time job. I’d only just moved to Leitrim a couple of years before and hadn’t been able to find a job in my field which at the time would have been Electronics/Engineering so in my ample spare time I messed around on the computer, teaching myself Photoshop, Dreamweaver, HTML/CSS, Music Editing and other programs that I still use regularly today.

I had registered a small PC Repair business the year before and got a few jobs per week fixing people’s computers. Mostly virus removal, optimisation and hardware upgrades but I didn’t enjoy it all that much and income was minimal. I built a few websites for myself, then friends and family who in turn recommended me to friends of theirs and before I knew it really, I was a web designer and my web design services were in demand! Luckily, around that time it was beginning to dawn on people that marketing your business on the web as well as offline was becoming a bit of a necessity so there seemed to be plenty of work. I got some mentoring and funding from the local enterprise board in Leitrim, wrote a business plan (at their suggestion) and basically professionalised my skills and offering and got started in earnest.

Since then I’ve gradually increased my clients list and income year on year and I’m glad to say that today I have a well known and respected business with over 120 repeat clients and have become recognised locally as an expert in both WordPress Web design and Photoshop as well as general IT solutions.

I plan to be in business for another 10 years at least and to continue expanding my skillset, services and client base and hopefully expand employee numbers or partner with other companies at some stage.

The moral of my story is that it’s absolutely possible to make a career out of a hobby or something you love doing and to achieve that on your own steam starting with no experience or qualifications. All it takes is some common sense, hard work, good organisation and great communication.

Leon – Reverb Studios

 

New Website for Reverb Studios Design

I decided recently to ditch WordPress on my main business site and go with a static, responsive design built with HTML5 & PHP and using the Twitter Bootstrap mobile framework. The reasons for this are mostly to do with WordPress security, bloat and slowness which I reckon might have been affecting my SEO performance lately.

Lets see if it makes a difference!

Please leave me some feedback on the design!?

Live March 2015 – www.ReverbStudios.ie

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New Home Page for ReverbStudios.ie

I’ve decided to replace my home page with a less wordy, call to action rich landing/intro page inspired (perhaps! Sshhh..) by Windows 8 tiles and flat design! I think the new design which features links to all my various Social Networking profiles makes sense since I probably communicate more through those channels than anywhere else on a daily basis and I think it’s a nice idea that my website should be the hub for that. I’ve taken time to cultivate pretty much every social network mentioned and have good followers, content and interactions on all of them.

My old home page with a wordy introduction is still available at ReverbStudios.ie/Home/ and you can get to that by clicking “Home” in the menu bar top or return to the intro/landing page by clicking “Intro” at the bottom.

Let me know what ye think?

Leon

Web Design Partnership with GoodSeedPR

I’m pleased to announce a wee partnership with a long standing music public relations client of mine, GoodSeedPR whereby I will be their Website Design and Photo Editing/Graphic Design ‘wing’!

We hope to work together to bring affordable design services and complete internet marketing packages to up and coming musical acts and others.

Leon

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